Brazil star Júlio Baptista to take up Real Valladolid youth coaching role
It appears that former Brazil international, Júlio Baptista, is to embark upon his first foray into the world of coaching by taking the reigns at one of Real Valladolid's youth sides.
Baptista, who only called time on his playing career in May after a very brief spell with Romanian side CFR Cluj, enjoyed a wide range of opportunities on the field and is keen to translate these to coaching.
Best known in Spain for his time at Sevilla and Real Madrid (partnering with current Real Valldolid president Ronaldo Nazário at the latter) the man nicknamed “The Beast” due to his physicality, also had a spell at Málaga. In addition, he has appeared for Arsenal and Roma, further enriching his experience of the world game.
It is unclear at this stage which age level the former attacking midfielder will take charge of and the Club is yet to make a formal announcement. However, in an interview with Virtudes Sánchez on Twitter he confirmed he would indeed be assuming a coaching role. Ignacio Bailador, writing in AS, states that the Brazilian will not comment further until contracts have been fully signed.